Van der Valk Shipyard

Who we are

Starting out

A passionate yachtsman and watersport enthusiast, Wim van der Valk founded the company that bears his name in 1967 and remains the driving force behind it today. Since its inception, Van der Valk has built a rich heritage in both steel and aluminum motor yachts. The success of the first cabin and aft-cabin design cruisers measuring from seven to ten meters quickly attracted widespread attention from the yachting public.


As a family-run company with a pedigree spanning several generations, Van der Valk understands the value of keeping our word and creating yachts that stand the test of time. We build boats that perform as well as they look, and see Van der Valk owners as members of the family who are regularly welcomed home, often for new orders.

These close client relations start with the first discussion of requirements and continue long after delivery with a first-class support network of local representatives. Our yard has short lines of communication and a flat organizational structure, ensuring a pleasant working environment. And our relationship with co-makers – designers, engineers, and suppliers of systems, components, and materials – revolves around long-term partnerships and superior products.

All this and more allows Van der Valk to apply advanced solutions, systems, and materials that meet your budget. All staff is encouraged to follow training courses and research new possibilities and applications. This ensures that their know-how remains up to date, and fully at your service as a client.

Mission statement
We aim to develop safe, comfortable, innovative and efficient (semi) custom motoryachts up to 40m with a balanced price-quality ratio. This is achieved via the application of science, technology and fine craftsmanship.

Our future vision
To continue to realise client dreams by building state-of-the-art yachts in a strong partnership with owners and in close cooperation with designers and suppliers.

Our values

Progressive design

In the mid-1980s, we launched the Vitesse series – steel and aluminium semi-displacement motoryachts in a high-end segment. This proved to be another international success, thanks to its progressive design, great sailing characteristics and high resale value.

Our story becomes your story

Today, Van der Valk’s production facilities in Waalwijk (NL) produce only a select number of Continental yachts every year. This ensures unrivaled quality and exclusivity for individual owners. Each and every Continental benefits from the strictest quality control and a first-rate construction process. Only after intensive sea trials and quality control procedures can boats leave the yard for delivery to their new owners.